14 February 2013 7:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

American Idol really, really wants a woman to win this season. At the beginning of Thursday's episode, they reminded us that a female singer hasn't won the show since 2007, when Jordin Sparks bested Blake Lewis for the top prize. Let's put this into perspective: The last time a woman won, George W. Bush was still president, J.K. Rowling was still writing the Harry Potter series, and no one had any idea who Snooki was. Well, maybe a few people knew her. After Ryan Seacrest all but begged us to vote for a female, we finally got to see the level of the women's talent. »

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